Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
North Highlands Air National Guard
(North Highlands Armory)
Headquartered at North Highlands Air National
Guard Station in Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento, 162nd Combat
Communications Group is composed of six Combat Communications
Squadrons (147th, San Diego; 222nd, Costa Mesa; 148th, March
ARB; 261st, Van Nuys, 149th, North Highlands; 234th, Hayward)
and the 216th Engineering/Installation Squadron, Hayward.
In 1995 the Secretary of Defense recommended
closing North Highlands Air Guard Station (AGS) and relocating
the 162nd Combat Communications Group (CCG) and the 149th Combat
Communications Squadron (CCS) to McClellan AFB, California. Relocation
of the 162nd CCG and 149th CCS onto McClellan AFB would provide
a more cost-effective basing arrangement than presently exists
by avoiding some of the costs associated with maintaining the
installation. Because of the very short distance from the units
present location in North Highlands to McClellan AFB, most of
the personnel will remain with the unit.
The DoD recommendation on North Highlands
AGS directed the unit to relocate to McClellan AFB, California.
Because the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission recommended
closure of McClellan AFB, the DoD recommendation could not be
implemented. Given the cost associated with relocating the unit
to another Air Force base, the Commission found the Guard Station
and unit should remain at North Highlands.
By 2015, all Air National Guard activities
were transferred to Beale Air Force Base. At that time the Air
Force transferred control of the station to the State of California
for use as a state armory. It is currently occupied by units
of the California State Military Reserve.
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